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MEXICO CITY (Kyodo) A two-day event marking the 400th anniversary of relations between Japan and Mexico kicked off here Saturday with a parade that highlighted several aspects of Japanese culture, including the traditional arts, high technology and pop subcultures.

Led by a “mikoshi,” or portable shrine, the parade marched through Mexico City’s main streets, accompanied by members of an Okinawa association beating drums, young Mexicans in “cosplay” (costume role-playing) outfits, futuristic cars and performers dancing a mix of traditional Japanese “yosakoi” and “soran” dances.

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